The Lost Throne
The cryptic ramblings of a famed archeologist spark a global adventure, more than a century after his death. In The Lost Throne (Putnam), the fourth thriller by Chris Kuzneski (A&S ’91, EDUC ’93G), the plot unfolds through the investigation of a massacre at a Greek monastery and the search for an American historian who is running for her life in Russia. Eventually, the storylines merge together in a shocking conclusion, revealing an ancient secret.
Welcome to the Poverty Class
Growing up during the Great Depression, Nicholas Kayafas saw his father give groceries from his store to men struggling to feed their families. Later, as a manager, he witnessed the inner workings of a billion-dollar corporation. In Welcome to the Poverty Class (RoseDog Books), Kayafas (CBA ’54, KGSB ’60) draws from experience to inform his analysis of the growing underemployment and unemployment problems of recessionary America.
The World of 1950—The End of Innocence
Discharged from the Navy, the young sailor returns to Pittsburgh’s North Side. He finds his father sick, his brother drunk, and his mother worried about feeding her family. Phillip Gross vows to free himself from grinding poverty and, with the odds against him, pursues medicine. So begins the semi-autobiographical novel, The World of 1950—The End of Innocence (Vantage Press) by Will Roth (A&S ’50, MED ’58). The story depicts a driven young man who, despite an unsupportive family, marshals the power to believe in himself.
The Fiddle Case
In the intoxicating heat of July 1972, best friends Anna and Cindy rescue a stolen fiddle from a Kentucky music festival. With an obsessive folk music cult in pursuit, the two cross the country to find its rightful owner. On the way, sex, lies, guns, and a broken-down car threaten their friendship and lives. The Fiddle Case (GATE Press), the second novel by Christine Palamidessi Moore (A&S ’73), expresses in lyrical prose the dark underbelly of the peace and love generation.